Dr Brandt Increases My Daily SPF: A Look at UV SPF 30

I know I harp on sunscreen use a lot, but it truly is important to wear sunscreen everyday. Unless you spend every waking moment in a cave that is. It really is important to protect yourself from UV damage to prevent skin cancer, and if that isn't enough of a reason just start looking around at women over 50.

I swear you can tell who has used sunscreen and who worshipped the sun. My mom looks younger than she is (by years, she will deny it, but she really does), not because of good genes (though I would love to think we have those), but because she avoided the sun to prevent her Irish skin from freckling like crazy. My mom was pale in the 80s when the moms of my friends were dark nut brown. She now looks fab. Totally worth it!

So, I harp on sunscreen use. It's not enough to have it in your foundation or powder. I feel it should be in your daily moisturizer. Sometimes you can't find a moisturizer with SPF in it. In those cases you need to use a separate sunscreen. Too high of an SPF can overwhelm your skin, making it too difficult to wear everyday. How did Dr. Brandt do when he created this new sunscreen?

Read on to find out!

This sunscreen is never going to leave my makeup counter. Why? Because it is amazing. Not only is this an SPF 30 (!!), but it has anti-aging ingredients (look at my anti-aging check list before, I look for those items in my moisturizer, not my sunscreen). Dr. Brandt even included ingredients like Butyloctyl Salicylate, which helps to solubilize some of the sunscreen ingredients and improves their photostability.

The sunscreen comes in an airless pump (which keeps it potent longer), and is fairly lightweight. It is best to apply it after moisturizer has already sunk into skin, and it only takes a few minutes to sink in to the skin. It does have definite sunscreen smell, though I didn't notice the smell after about 20-30 minutes. When it has sunken in, there is a light sheen to the skin that is easily hidden by powder/foundation. I think what I liked best about this product was that it didn't interfere with makeup application once applied. Usually sunscreens make foundation difficult to blend and powders stick strangely, not so with UV SPF 30.

The formulation provides broad-spectrum UV coverage and there are anti-aging products included.

My Anti-Aging Ingredient Checklist:

Water (Aqua), Homosalate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Octisalate), Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Avobenzone), Benzophenone-3 (Oxybenzone), Octocrylene, Hydrated Silica, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Sodiumpalmitoy Lprolin E, Dimethicone, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Polyester-8, Trideceth-6, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Caprylylmethicone, Peg - 100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Dimethyl Capramide, Behenyl Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthangum, Methylparaben, Alcoholdenat, Disodiumedta, BHT, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Thylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Lecithin, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Porphyraumbilicalis Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-28

Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30


  1. Gosh, thanks for the anti-aging checklist, that is REALLY helpful!

  2. I agree with you, sunscreen is very important :)


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